Student Spotlight


Photo of SP24 GCA Awardees

This spring semester 46 students completed the Global Citizens Award. The Global Citizens Award program was launched in 2015, and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, were adopted as an integral part of the award’s framework. The students being honored today have accomplished incredible feats on their journeys to becoming global citizens.

Being a global citizen means many things, but at the heart of it all is engaging meaningfully and effectively with diverse people, places, events, challenges, and opportunities. It means being immersed willingly in new cultures or viewpoints through our global events. The journeys of the scholars we celebrated this week have taken many different paths. Some have conducted global research, taken on an internship with a global focus, studied abroad, or volunteered in their communities. Others have taken globally focused courses or advanced foreign language studies. We are proud of these students' dedication to the Sustainable Development Goals and leaving the world more just and sustainable. 

It is fascinating to witness the numerous paths these individuals are taking toward their professional aspirations. Some are embarking on a break from college to gain practical experience, while others are diving straight into graduate programs, whether in nursing, medicine, or public health. There are those exploring opportunities abroad, contemplating further education in fields like law, finance, or education, and even diving into the world of political campaigns. Each story is unique, filled with determination, uncertainty, and the excitement of new beginnings. These individuals are poised to make significant contributions to their respective fields, armed with a blend of education, experience, and a passion for making a difference.

Interested in receiving the Global Citizens Award? More information can be found on this page.


Research Presenters

April 10-12 were exciting days for USF's undergraduate researchers who presented their research at the 2024 OneUSF Undergraduate Research Conference. This year, nearly 600 undergraduate researchers presented 300 unique research projects across our three campuses. The following students were recognized for their exemplary research:

  • Om Patel, Health Sciences, Tampa Campus
  • Sasha Post, Interdisciplinary, Tampa Campus
  • Ashley Paschall, Physical Sciences, Tampa Campus
  • Neha Dewansingh, Social Sciences, Tampa Campus
  • Usman Khan, Business, Sarasota-Manatee Campus
  • Diane Martinez, Health Sciences, Sarasota-Manatee Campus
  • Avery Rath, Education, Sarasota-Manatee Campus
  • Sakshi Wagh, Social Sciences, Sarasota-Manatee Campus
  • Emily Stevens, Social Sciences, Sarasota-Manatee Campus
  • Gemma Antara, Biomedical Sciences, St. Petersburg Campus
  • Madison Grace Rishovd Day, Marine Biology, St. Petersburg Campus
  • Victoria D. Drews, Biology, St. Petersburg Campus
  • Jewelia Keller, Biology, St. Petersburg Campus
  • Humberto Porrata, Biology, St. Petersburg Campus
  • Dana Smith, Biology, St. Petersburg Campus
  • Jayden D. Sutliff, Biology, St. Petersburg Campus

UndergradUATE Research Poster Proposals

IDS 2912 Students

The Office of High Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research facilitates IDS 2912: Undergraduate Research Experience, which helps undergraduate students succeed in research endeavors for their chosen majors and careers. This is achieved through experiential learning activities that aid in the development of research skills that universities and employers seek.

This semester IDS 2912 students created research proposals to answer the following questions:

  • What is relationship between time spent on short-form videos and attention span among undergraduate students aged 18-22 in central Florida? Jason Arias
  • What intrinsic and extrinsic factors are associated with ACL tears among USF soccer players? Adrian Barnat

  • Is there a correlation between religious beliefs and rates of attempted suicides? Kylah Bonfante

  • How well and consistently can human subjects distinguish between writings authored exclusively by either AI or human authors? Mason Clark

  • What is the relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in early life and the use of escapism as a coping mechanism? Emily Jared

  • How do phthalates affect the immune system in adults aged 65 and older in the United States? Madison Lipowsky

  • Does transgender workers’ pay matches their gender identity, their gender assigned at birth, or deviates entirely from the typical earnings of cisgender men and women in comparable jobs within the region? Sawyer Osborne

  • What is the impact of working graveyard shifts on anxiety levels in the fast-food industry? Aba Oti

  • How does culture impact individuals' views on autism and the consideration of visiting health professionals? Shumarah Pierre

  • Which sports drink provides the best hydration for a person based on the their athletic level and intensity while working out? Jamaela Williams

Congratulations to our IDS 2912 students on their research proposal posters! We are excited to see where their research takes them in the future.


2023 Student of the Year

Ms. Bethany Jowers

In recognition of her exemplary service to both the Office of High Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research (HIPUR) and the students which it serves, Ms. Bethany Jowers has been named HIPUR's first Student of the Year.

Ms. Jowers is a rising senior at the University of South Florida majoring in Biomedical Sciences and World Languages and Cultures: Spanish and Latin American Studies. During her time at USF, she has been given many opportunities for research involvement and has presented individual and group projects in multiple university, state, and national conferences. Off-campus, she has served as a research intern and internship coordinator for the Tampa General Hospital Transplant Institute. She has helped to create investigations during her community service at the USF Health Ybor Youth Clinic and the USF BRIDGE Clinic to improve care for underserved populations in the Tampa Bay area.

In Fall 2023, Ms. Jowers completed her grant-funded Honors thesis research after conducting community health surveys in the Dominican Republic during an Honors Experience Abroad. Ms. Jowers says, "she is grateful to the USF faculty and staff who have supported her during her research journey, and is always looking for ways to help other students access similar opportunities."

Ms. Jowers is a brilliant, dedicated scholar and servant leader who exemplifies the very best in our amazing students. Congratulations to her on a well-deserved honor!

Research Scholar Awardees

The USF Undergraduate Research Scholar Award recognizes a student’s commitment to their development as a researcher during their undergraduate tenure. Below is the list of students who have received this honor.

  • Magdelena Alvarez, Communication Science and Disorders
  • Jaidon Angel, Communication Science and Disorders
  • Lena Bayyat, Communication Science and Disorders
  • Jade Brown, Communication Science and Disorders
  • Aisha Bazlamatci, Interdisciplinary
  • Samuel Camilli, Health Science
  • Presley Camp, Social Science
  • Samantha Deveaux, Health Sciences
  • Iman Elkolalli, Communication Science and Disorders
  • Christine Grossman, Psychology
  • Cassandra Hendry, Communication Science and Disorders
  • Jacob Hensley, Engineering
  • Jacqueline Houston, Social Work
  • Yuri Lizardo, Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Anna Beatriz Cortes Machado, Physical Science
  • Ebu Ojogwu, Health Science
  • Jessica O'Reilly, Communication Science and Disorders
  • Mackenzie Osborne, Psychology
  • Perdita Samuel-Lopez, Communication Science and Disorders
  • Abigail Reed, Interdisciplinary
  • Shanon Rego, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Evelyn Spiller, Public Health
  • Karly Underwood, Social Science
  • Cindy Yang, Biomedical Science and Anthropology
  • Haley Vantoorenburg, Physical Science
  • Gabrielle Whyte, Humanities
  • Breanna Zurita, Communication Sciences and Disorders

2023 Undergraduate Research Conference

Select categories below to see the names and disciplines of the 2023 USF Undergraduate Research Conference award winners.

OneUSF General Disciplinary Awards 

Engineering: Jacob Hensley

Health Sciences: Samuel Camilli and Ebu Ojogwu

Huminities: Gabrielle Whyte

Interdisciplinary Research: Aisha Bazlamatc and Abigail Reed

Physical Science: Anna Beatriz Cortes Machado and Haley Vantoorenburg

Social Science: Presley Camp and Karly Underwood

Honorable Mentions: 

Engineering: Isabella St. Pierre-Charles

Health Sciences: Anagha Hesaraghatta and Misha Mathur

Interdisciplinary Research: Nidhi Bangalore and Kaitlyn Serafin

Physical Science: Lina Elessawy and Kira Ruiz-Houston

Social Science: Coleman O’Toole

Audience Choice Award Tampa Research Showcase

Audience Choice Award Winner:
Trisha Pitchala, CRISPR Cas9 in Cancer Therapy

Honorable Mention:
Issac Diaz Becdach, Natural Killer Cell Receptors (NKRs) Expression Modulates T Cell Effector Function in Vitro